The School for Teacher Education – B.Ed

Dr. Orly Keren, Head of the School

Dr. Tirza Levin, Head of Teacher Education Programs

Kaye Academic College of Education is today the leading academic institution for teacher education and professional development of educators in the south. It is a multi-cultural academic institution, committed to quality teacher training and characterized by academic excellence, personal relations with its students and communal activity.

The college offers a B.Ed. program in education combined with a teacher's certificate. Students major in a variety of subjects, starting from Early Childhood Education up to High School.

Teacher Education at Kaye College involves a number of innovative approaches: the integration of 21st century expertise in teaching and in field experience, Project-Based Learning (PBL), and the integration of the Professional Development Schools-method (PDS) in both Jewish and Bedouin sectors. The School for Teacher Education regards the college as a tool for improving preparation and training of educators, of exercising quality control of the educational system in the Negev, and for encouraging involvement of students and teachers in school and kindergarten activities.
  The programs

  The Comprehensive Interdisciplinary First Year Study Program

Dr. Batia Reichman,
Head of the program

The first-year program is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program that offers a new approach to teacher education. The lecturers come from both the Jewish and the Bedouin sectors, and do not represent a particular program or specialization. The program is based on a number of central educational principles: first, that what teaching and teachers have in common, is greater than what is different between them. Therefore the students are exposed to the whole educational system, from kindergarten to high school, in order to understand the needs of the system to better fulfill their roles as teachers. The second principle relates to teachers as a particular kind of professional, for whom it is important to clarify and strengthen his own understanding of the connection between his personal cultural identities and their professional identities.

  Art is Blossoming in the Negev: The Academic Program in Art

Dr. Rina Shtelman,
Head of the Art Education Department

The Program in Art educates its graduates as teachers of art who promote multi-cultural aesthetic concepts, and who act as agents of culture for a variety of artistic perspectives, and who work as active artists themselves. Graduates of the program are educational and creative leaders, who channel personal processes in combination with communal-social processes and needs, joining action and creativity. The program conveys a method of visual development and provides teachers and students alike with a visual language, aesthetic values and the development of a variety of literate approaches. The department is multi-cultural and encourages cooperative work between all the sectors.

The Physical Education Department: Teacher Education in the Modern Age

Ms. Hanna Nagar,
Head of the Physical Education Department

Against the background of changes in the concept of education, the profession of physical education has taken on a wider and much more meaningful form. The Physical Education Department has been reinvigorated by the adoption of updated pedagogical approaches that assist in the process of shaping the identity of the student, and by connections with the community, which have been broadened in accordance with the daily reality that characterizes contemporary society. The students return to their communities as social leaders who help bring about communal change.

  Program of Teacher Education for Kindergartens:
  The Best Teachers from whom we may Learn about Children, are Children Themselves

Ms. Talia  Weinberger,
Dr. Esther Vardi,
Dr. Hadassa Eilenberg,
Dr. Zahava Cohen,
Ms. Dina ben Yaish,
Dr. Orit Hod Shemer,
Dr. Tirza Levin

The Program for Teacher Education for Kindergartens is designed to educate kindergarten teachers, both men and women, in educational institutions, for ages 0-6. These years are critical for shaping the personality and the physical-motor, emotional-social and intellectual development of the child. The program provides students with experiences that help them consolidate a humanistic, multi-cultural worldview that relates to the child in the first years of its life from a holistic perspective. Great emphasis is placed upon the ability of the students to learn from the children about children. The instruction and educational field experience are combined with 21st century teaching methods, such as Project-Based Learning (PBL). In addition, in the kindergartens, the students implement a project focused on "Leaders in the Bible" in cooperation with the Center for Excellence in Leadership Directions. The program brings about an encounter between the children in the kindergarten and exemplary leaders from the Bible.

  A Program for Teacher Education for Kindergarten Teachers in the Bedouin Sector
  (ages 0-6)

 Ms. Eti Bar and
Ms. Warda Sa'ada

This is a program of teacher education for kindergarten teachers, for children ages 0-6. The students come from both recognized villages and unrecognized settlements from all over the Negev. The program has two models which allow students to realize their potential and to take in what is learned. The first model is called The Big Sister model. In this model, two students, a second-year student and a third-year student, do practice teaching together in kindergartens on the basis of joint teaching and experience a tutor-tutee relationship. The second model, the Professional Development School model, was implemented in the town of Hura. In this model, the students are active in both the micro level (kindergarten) and the macro level (the town's kindergarten system). Students learn to make connections and cultivate cooperation with colleagues in the community. The community of kindergarten teachers in the town becomes a learning-research community.

  Elementary School Education Program

 Dr. Anat Shiyovitch,
Head of the Program

The program sets the goal of integrating the expertise of the 21st century into the future teaching methods of the students. To this end, the students are exposed to different computerized teaching environments, beginning with environments that integrate animated educational video clips, through environments that include a variety of activities and applications, and ending with exposure to the digital book. Another central emphasis has been placed on the manner of documenting the course of practice teaching using the Moodle platform (wikis, personal or public blogs, and task forums).

  The Program for Elementary School Teacher Education (grades 1-6)
  in the Bedouin Sector

Dr. Saleem Abu Jaber,
Head of the Program

The program, which is taught in Arabic and in Hebrew, imparts practical educational skills and deals with educational issues in elementary school and in its surrounding community. Practice teaching is carried out in Bedouin village schools in the southern district in accordance with the PDS (Professional Development School) model. Practice teaching exposes the students to all aspects of educational work, emphasizes educational leadership and 21st century teaching skills.
During the academic year, the Teacher Education Program ran intensive study days and developed a fruitful cooperation with the Alkasami College. The activities were supervised throughout the year by the Evaluation Unit of Kaye College.

  The Junior High School Education Program

Dr. Inessa Roe-Portiansky,
Head of the  Program

The Junior High School Education Program includes both Jewish and Bedouin students from eight departments: Mathematics, English, Science, Informal Education, Literature, Bible Studies, Hebrew and Arabic Language Departments.
The program teachers see a necessity of integrating theoretical knowledge of students into the discipline of teaching. Our teacher-educators apply Project-Based- Learning (PBL) in their courses and also involve student-teachers in innovative teaching methods within the schools via PBL.
Both the students and the teachers of the Junior High School Education Program consider it to be their mission to narrow the educational gaps and to build a community of leaders in education in the southern region.